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We are happy to announce that the next writer in residence of “Prishtina has no river” has reached Prishtina and she will be staying with us for a month, where she will share her experience in the reading event that we will be organizing soon!

luljeta-lleshanaku-foto-prishtinaLuljeta Lleshanaku was born in Elbasan, Albania.  She is the author of eight poetry books in Albanian and seven other volumes published in foreign languages, such as: Haywire; New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, London, 2011), Fresco (New Directions, USA, 2002), Child of nature (New Directions, USA, 2010), Kinder der Natur (Edition Korrespondenzen, Austria, 2010), Dzieci natury ( Stowo / Terytoria Obraz, Poland, 2011), Antipastorale (LietoColle, Italy 2006), Lundo en sep Tago (Esperanto, Poland, 2013), Ponedjeljak u sedam dana (Versopolis edicija, Zagreb, 2015). She is the winner of the international award “Crystal Vilenice 2009”, “Silver Pen 2000” national award, “Author of the Year 2013” award from the Book Fair of Tirana, “Kult 2013” award, the winner of the Book Fair of Prishtina, 2013, etc. Since 2014, she runs the “SABBAT” annual series of workshops in creative writing in Tirana, supported by the Ministry of Culture of Albania.

The first artists in residence have arrived!

The artists in residence program “Prishtina has no river” now has started! Ekaterina Petrova and Dinko Telecan now have come to Prishtina to work and live here for one month. In this month they will work on a project they have chosen on their own and they both will be taking part at the International Literature Festival “polip”.

foto11Ekaterina Petrova is a literary translator, cultural journalist, and interpreter. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1980, she graduated from the American School of Kuwait, then went on to earn a BA from Macalester College in Minnesota and an MSc from the London School of Economics. Currently based in Sofia, she has also spent time living in New York, Berlin, Cuba, Northern Ireland, and the south of France.

foto9Dinko Telećan was born in 1974 in Zagreb, Croatia. In 1999 graduated in Philosophy and English language and literature from the University of Zagreb. He is currently studying sinology at the same university. Selections from his works were translated into dozen languages. He translated over 70 books from English and Spanish into Croatian. Also works as a free lance literary and radio editor.

It’s a great pleasure for us to welcome them both here in Prishtina!

“Prishtina has no river” is supported by TRADUKI and Goethe-Institut. 

Qendra Multimedia is supported by the European Union Office in Kosovo.


Five artists for the literature residency “Prishtina has no river” 2017

Qendra Multimedia in cooperation with TRADUKI and Goethe Institute has selected the five artists for the literary residency of Qendra Multimedia “Prishtina has no river” 2017.

The selected artists are: Luljeta Lleshanaku from Albania, Dinko Telecan from Croatia, Peter Wawerzinek from Germany, Ekaterina Petrova from Bulgaria and Iva Brdar from Serbia. The first artist coming to Prishtina for the residency “Prishtina has no river” 2017, are Ekaterina Petrova from Bulgaria and Dinko Telecan from Croatia in May, and after them in June is coming Luljeta Lleshananku from Albania. The selected artists will stay in Prishtina for one month and apart the scholarship which they will benefit, they will present their work for the Prishtina audience.

Luljeta Lleshanaku is an author and translator based in Tirana, Albania. She studied Language and Literature in Tirana and Creative Writing in North Carolina. She will be our guest in June.

Dinko Telecan was born in 1974 in Zagreb. He finished the Faculty of Philosophy and he got a diploma in Philosophy and English language. He will be our guest in May.

Peter Wawerzinek was born in former East Germany and he is a member of the PEN-Center in Germany (Poets, Essayists and Novelists). He will be our guest in September.

Ekaterina Petrova was born in Sofia in 1980. She graduated from the American School of Kuwait, then went on to earn a BA in International Studies and German Studies from Macalester College in Minnesota and an Msc in European Politics from the London School of Economics. She will be our guest in May.

Iva Brdar is based in Belgrade. She studied  Film and Theater Dramaturgy and Theory of Art and Media in Belgrade. She will be our guest in October.

“Prishtina has no river” is financed by TRADUKI and Goethe Institute and implemented by Qendra Multimedia.

We are happy to inform that this year, May 2017 we are hosting another writer in resident from Austria in collaboration with the Austrian Embassy. 

andrea-grillAndrea Grill was born in in Bad Ischl (Austria) and studied in Salzburg, among other places. She obtained her doctorate from Amsterdam University, where she specialised in the evolution of endemic butterflies in Sardinia. Having resided in Tirana, Cagliari (Sardinia), Neuchatel  and Bologna, she now lives in Vienna. Andrea Grill publishes lyrics, stories and novels, most recently Das Schöne und das Notwendige [The Beautiful and the Necessary] (Otto Müller publishing company, Salzburg) and translates from Albanian and Dutch. Her translation of the novel Milchkuss [Milk Kiss] by Mimoza Ahmeti appeared in 2009, and her translation of the poetry anthology Kinder der Natur [Children of Nature] by Luljeta Lleshanaku appeared in 2010

Call for applications: “Prishtina has no river” 2017

Qendra Multimedia from Prishtina, in cooperation with TRADUKI and Goethe Institute hereby invites writers and translators from Southeastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Rumania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Macedonia) and Germany to apply for writers-in-residence program «Pristina has no river» 2017, in Pristina, Kosovo.

Deadline for applications is January 20th 2017.

Residential scholarships, each in the duration of 4 weeks, are available for April, May, June, September, October and November 2017.

The fellowship for the writers includes a one-month stay in fully equipped apartment in Pristina, travel costs and a stipend in the amount of 800 euro.

Applicant’s eligible for this fellowship are fiction writers, poets, essayists, columnists, translators and playwrights.

Application must include:

1) – biography (in Albanian, Serbian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Bosnian, English or German);

2) – full address (phone number and e-mail address);

3) – bibliography (of the main published works);

4) – a short (max. half page) description of the project to be undertaken during one-month stay in Pristina.

The application should be sent to the following e – mail address: residency@qendra.org

While in Prishtina, the artists will use their time to work on their own projects, as well as for getting acquainted with the cultural life of the Kosovo capital.

All applicants will be informed about the decision of the jury per e-mail no later than 5th of February 2017.

Qendra Multimedia is supported by European Union Office in Kosovo.


Six writers in “Prishtina has no river” 2016

Qendra Multimedia in cooperation with TRADUKI and Goethe Institute have selected the six writers for the literary residency of Qendra Multimedia “Prishtina has no river” 2016.

The selected writers are: Bogdan Stanescu from Rumania, Sabina Veizaj from Albania, Georgi Grozdev from Bulgaria, Belfiore Qose from Albania, Katharina Bendixen from Germany, Tanja Sljivar from Bosnia and Hercegovina. The selected writers will stay in Prishtina for one month and apart the scholarship which they will benefit, they will present their work for the Prishtina audience.

The first writer coming to Prishtina for the residency “Prishtina has no river” 2016, is Sabina Veizaj from Albania, and after her in June is coming Bogdan Stanescu from Rumania.

“Prishtina has no river” is financed by TRADUKI and Goethe Institute and implemented by Qendra Multimedia.


Call for applications: “Prishtina has no river” 2016

Qendra Multimedia from Prishtina, in cooperation with TRADUKI and Goethe Institute hereby invites writers and translators from Southeastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Rumania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Macedonia) and Germany to apply for writers-in-residence program «Pristina has no river» 2016, in Pristina, Kosovo.

Deadline for applications is February 20th 2016.

Residential scholarships, each in the duration of 4 weeks, are available for April, May, June, September, October and November 2016.

The fellowship for the writers includes a one-month stay in fully equipped apartment in Pristina, travel costs and a stipend in the amount of 800 euro.

Applicant’s eligible for this fellowship are fiction writers, poets, essayists, columnists, translators and playwrights.

Application must include:
1) – biography (in Albanian, Serbian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Bosnian, English or German);
2) – full address (phone number and e-mail address);
3) – bibliography (of the main published works);
4) – a short (max. half page) description of the project to be undertaken during one-month stay in Pristina.

The application should be sent to the following e – mail address: residency@qendra.org

While in Prishtina, the artists will use their time to work on their own projects, as well as for getting acquainted with the cultural life of the Kosovo capital.

All applicants will be informed about the decision of the jury per e-mail no later than 5th of march 2016.

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Selected applicants for 2015 are:

Petar Andonovski from Macedonia

Zuzana Finger from Germany

Lejla Kalamujic from Bosnia and Hercegovina

Darija Zilic from Croatia

Vasko Raicevic from Montenegro

Call for applications: “Prishtina has no river” 2015

Qendra Multimedia from Prishtina, in cooperation with TRADUKI and Goethe Institute hereby invites writers and translators from Southeastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Rumania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Macedonia) and Germany to apply for writers-in-residence program «Pristina has no river» 2015, in Pristina, Kosovo.

Deadline for applications is February 25th 2015.

Residential scholarships, each in the duration of 4 weeks, are available for April, May, June, September, October and November 2015.

The fellowship for the writers includes a one-month stay in fully equipped apartment in Pristina, travel costs and a stipend in the amount of 800 euro.

Applicant’s eligible for this fellowship are fiction writers, poets, essayists, columnists, translators and playwrights.

Application must include:

1) – biography (in Albanian, Serbian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Bosnian, English or German);

2) – full address (phone number and e-mail address);

3) – bibliography (of the main published works);

4) – a short (max. half page) description of the project to be undertaken during one-month stay in Pristina;

The application should be sent to the following e – mail address: residency@qendra.org

While in Prishtina, the artists will use their time to work on their own projects, as well as for getting acquainted with the cultural life of the Kosovo capital.

All applicants will be informed about the decision of the jury per e-mail no later than 15th of march 2015.


 

Gergana Dimitrova the last resident for 2013

01 December 2013

The  freelance director, translator and  president of the organization for contemporary alternative art and culture “36 Monkeys” ,Gergana Dimitrova was the last resident of our programm “Prishtina has no river” in 2013.
Dimitrova lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria. During her stay in Pristina she translated on “Postdramatisches Theater” by H.-T. Lehmann from German language to Bulgarian.

Since 2006 she has been translating books from German to Bulgarian, amongst others „Liv Stein“ by Nino Haratischwili and „69“ by Igor Bauersima.

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Tea Hvala, the next artist in residence in November

01 November 2013

During November “Prishtina has no river” will host our fifth guest Tea Hvala from Slovenia.  Tea is a fiction writer, essayist, journalist, editor, translator, event organizer and feminist science fiction fan with a MA in Gender Studies.  In 2006, her BA thesis in Comparative Literature and Sociology of CultureIntersexuality in American Feminist Science Fiction was awarded with the University Preseren Award for students.

During her stay in Prishtina,  Hvala has planned to work on an essay on collaborative writing techniques.
She has been facilitating workshops in collaborative writing of fiction entitled In Other Wor(l)ds since 2008.

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Edi Matić from Split to Pristina

05 October 2013

The Artist in Residency program “Pristina has no river”, organized by Qendra Multimedia, brings in October Croatian artist Edi Matić.

The fourth guest of the artist in residency program is a freelance audio and video producer, graphic designer and cofounder of the association for support of culture KURS from Split. Among others Matić initiated and produced the musical Sarajevski krug which was shown in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, Scotland, England and USA. One of his most interesting projects is a music spot for deaf. His novel Ovdje fali ženska ruka (Here is a woman hand missing) 2007 was nominated for different literary awards in Croatia. His second novel Grimalda was published in the German language translated by Blazhena Badas from the publishing house Levkam Buchverlag Graz 2012 and won in the same year the award for literature from the Steiermärkishen Sparkasse. Edi Matic had a few exhibitions as a photographer in Croatia and also a presentation during the book fair in Leipzig.

The artist in residency program “Pristina has no river” is implemented by Qendra Multimedia in Pristina, meanwhile partner of the project are Traduki, S.Fischer Stiftung and the Goethe Institute.

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Bozovic and Schwaighofer are coming in September

05 August 2013

September brings the second and third guests of the residence for artists “Prishtina has no river” organized by Qendra Multimedia in Kosovo. From the first day of September the 23 year old Gjorgje Bozovic from Serbia, who is studying General Linguistics and Albanology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade will join this residence. Bozhoviq is a literary critic and essayist and translates from Albanian to Serbo- Croatian language.

Except in the field of literature Bozovic has already graduated in the field of Roma Studies at the faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. He has published satire and essays in  the magazines such as Sic!“ (Sarajevo, 2010), „Ulaznica“ (Zrenjanin, 2012) dhe „jugoLink: observation of the research of the post-jugosllave“ (Berlin, 2013).

During his stay in Prishtina Gjorgje has planned to create contact with the Kosovar creators, to get to know better the literary scene in Kosovo and also to expand his cooperation in the field of translation of Albanian literature into Serbian language.

But Bozovic won’t be the only one. During the month of September “Prishtina has no river” will also host another artist. It is the swiss artist Pascal Schwaighofer born in Locarno in 1976.  Since he is living and working in the triangle Zürich, Rotterdam and Mendrision also his artistic activities are lying between these three cities. Schwaighofer has finished the Academy of Fine Arts in Milano and Pedagogy in Locarno. He is founder of two exhibition spaces in Locarno and Rotterdam. He has participated in many group exhibitions and had personal exhibitions. He has received several awards as “Manor Art Prize” in Ticino, Switzerland; Swiss Art Award and the Prize Collection Cahier d’Artistes, Pro Helvetia, all in 2011.

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Ralph Hammerthaler, a german in the city without a river

The first who cut the ribbon of the residence program “Prishtina has no river” the first program of this kind in Kosovo was the 48 year s old Bavarian Ralph Hammerthaler.

The initiated residence for writers by Qendra Multimedia startet being implemented from the first of May 2013 when the first German writer arrived in Pristina. The stay in Pristina had aroused a lot of skepticism and raised many questions in his head so that he concluded that kosovars were “a incomprehensible nation”. “Even though Kosovo has wonderful people, I think they are a society that makes incomprehensible actions”, he said in an interview for the daily newspaper Koha Ditore.

One month was surely not enough to find all the answers to his questions. Especially when considering the time Hammerthaler finds his inspiration for writing –at night, which was always kidnapped by the “incomprehensible” in Pristina. Because of this he has started a dairy since the first day of his arrival in Pristina, a dairy from which as he does not deny it could come up a greater literary work. Besides his diary about his stay in Kosovo, he had used the time at the residency to write some lines for the novel he is writing, for which he preferred not to talk much. However he had seen meaningful things in Pristina. One of them was the International Festival of Literature polip, in which he took part himself.

“I know that the festival is attended by a few people. But if this festival would take part in Berlin, the tickets would be sold out at the beginning and the media would write a lot about it” he had said for Koha Ditore.

Hammerthaler is the author of the novel Alles bestens“ (2002), “Aber das ist ein anderes Kapitel” (2007) and „Der Sturz des Friedrich Voss” (2010).

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